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Japanese developers talk about 2018 plans and beyond in this week's Dengeki Playstation

Laplasakos

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Dengeki PlayStation (magazine) had a "Creator Interviews" feature in this week's issue, where some developers talk about their 2018 plans and beyond. Some tidbits have already appeared online but it seems that more will come so i will updating the OP (and make a new post).

Level5

In 2018, Ni no Kuni and Yokai-Watch studio Level-5 will celebrate its 20th anniversary and Level-5 president Akihiro Hino said the company is working on “a major title” to commemorate the company’s milestone anniversary

Koei Temco

Kenichi Ogasawara, the producer of the Toukiden series and Koei Tecmo-side producer of the Dragon Quest Heroes series. Some tidbits

-Numbered titles for this and that are starting up.
-There is also a new collaboration project.
-Since the core team members of Toukiden are working on a new project, it will be a bit of time before I can say anything more.
-That new project will be quite a surprise, so please look forward to its announcement.

Yosuke Hayashi: “I want Nioh to become even bigger. Please keep an eye out in the future"

Nihon Falcom

Toshihiro Kondo: “In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~, the foreshadowing that spread across The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki, and The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki will considerably come to surface, and for those who have played the series, there will be a surprising development in the beginning.”

Aquaplus

Naoya Shimokawa: “I am realizing there are many people hoping for an anime adaption of Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. I too am hoping for it, and want to someday make it a reality.”

Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima: “Development on Death Stranding is going well enough that SIE told us, ‘We have never before seen a game being created at such a fast pace.’ We are planning an announcement that will further surprise everyone in 2018.”

Nippon Ichi Software

They are planning sequels for Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain and Yomawari and both titles are being brought up as up-and-coming rookies. Additionally, Nippon Ichi Software is preparing to discuss new developments for the Disgaea series in 2018, as well as announce a new project at the start of the year. The company is also considering sequels for other past titles.

Cygames

Tetsuya Fukuhara, who shared a few new details about the game. Some tidbits

-When playing single-player, the other three characters are controlled by AI. There is also four-person multiplayer.
-Since we developed the non-graphics parts side by side (with the graphics), I wonder if we will be able to see the goal in a little while.
-Since we cannot compromise on graphics, Cygames and CyDesignation staff are being stationed at Platinum Games.

They also talked to Famitsu so i will put this here too

-The team has reached a point where it can say it feels good about the basic actions.
-New information beyond this past weekend’s Granblue Fantasy Fes 2017 is still a little while ahead.
-The graphics will improve even further.
-The goal is to make a game in which players can enjoy “situations” where the course changes from one to the next, as well as enjoy “multiplayer.”

Thanks Gematsu
https://gematsu.com/2017/12/level-5...wants-make-nioh-even-bigger-developer-tidbits
https://gematsu.com/2017/12/toukide...ses-new-numbered-titles-collaboration-project
https://gematsu.com/2017/12/nis-pla...quels-new-disgaea-developments-discussed-2018
https://gematsu.com/2017/12/granblu...r-person-multiplayer-wont-compromise-graphics
 
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Toshihiro Kondo: “In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~, the foreshadowing that spread across The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki, and The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki will considerably come to surface, and for those who have played the series, there will be a surprising development in the beginning.”
Exciting, but I have two wishes.

1. The music is better than III.
2. The game doesn't go into any creepy directions with certain characters. A few lines in Sen III gave off some pretty weird vibes.
 
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Level5

In 2018, Ni no Kuni and Yokai-Watch studio Level-5 will celebrate its 20th anniversary and Level-5 president Akihiro Hino said the company is working on “a major title” to commemorate the company’s milestone anniversary
So maybe they'll announce it on their 20th anniversary and release in on their 25th anniversary.
 
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Naoya Shimokawa: “I am realizing there are many people hoping for an anime adaption of Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. I too am hoping for it, and want to someday make it a reality.”
aww i kind of assumed it already was in the works :(
 
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Another one. Updating the OP.

Nippon Ichi Software
They are planning sequels for Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain and Yomawari and both titles are being brought up as up-and-coming rookies. Additionally, Nippon Ichi Software is preparing to discuss new developments for the Disgaea series in 2018, as well as announce a new project at the start of the year. The company is also considering sequels for other past titles.
 
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Yosuke Hayashi: “I want Nioh to become even bigger. Please keep an eye out in the future"
Feels so good~

Nihon Falcom

Toshihiro Kondo: “In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~, the foreshadowing that spread across The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki, and The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki will considerably come to surface, and for those who have played the series, there will be a surprising development in the beginning.”
Need to have the 3rd game out here first though....


Aquaplus

Naoya Shimokawa: “I am realizing there are many people hoping for an anime adaption of Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. I too am hoping for it, and want to someday make it a reality.”
Waiting for the main heroine (voice actress) to come back I see ;)


Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima: “Development on Death Stranding is going well enough that SIE told us, ‘We have never before seen a game being created at such a fast pace.’ We are planning an announcement that will further surprise everyone in 2018.”
Kojima Unchained.
 
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Level5

In 2018, Ni no Kuni and Yokai-Watch studio Level-5 will celebrate its 20th anniversary and Level-5 president Akihiro Hino said the company is working on “a major title” to commemorate the company’s milestone anniversary
That's interesting. New IP or revival of an old one? From the wording it sounds like it could be something returning.
 
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Laplasakos

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Looking forward to Level5 anniversary title and the new collaboration project of Koei Temco.

Also, i speculate that Kojima will reveal gameplay and a 2019 release date for Death Stranding.
 
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Another one. Updating the OP.

Nippon Ichi Software
They are planning sequels for Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain and Yomawari and both titles are being brought up as up-and-coming rookies. Additionally, Nippon Ichi Software is preparing to discuss new developments for the Disgaea series in 2018, as well as announce a new project at the start of the year. The company is also considering sequels for other past titles.
Wasn't there a sequel to Yomawari?
 

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Final Fantasy Musou has more potential than all of their other collabs combined. I hope SE is involved in its design if its happening.
 
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Kojima Productions
Hideo Kojima: “Development on Death Stranding is going well enough that SIE told us, ‘We have never before seen a game being created at such a fast pace.’ We are planning an announcement that will further surprise everyone in 2018.”
This is hilarious considering we haven't see gameplay of this so called game yet.
Oh god...
the surprise is gonna be gameplay isn't it? I hope Death Stranding is supposed to be a satire of AAA game development and hype culture because otherwise... lel

Level5
In 2018, Ni no Kuni and Yokai-Watch studio Level-5 will celebrate its 20th anniversary and Level-5 president Akihiro Hino said the company is working on “a major title” to commemorate the company’s milestone anniversary
It depresses me that Level 5 is known for No no Kuni and Yokai-Watch now instead of Dark Cloud but it makes sense since it's their most recent and currently running franchise.

I would love to see Level 5 bring back the Ushiro game for Switch. It had a light novel adaption but gimmie dat game. It looked really unique.
 
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It depresses me that Level 5 is known for No no Kuni and Yokai-Watch now instead of Dark Cloud but it makes sense since it's their most recent and currently running franchise.

I would love to see Level 5 bring back the Ushiro game for Switch. It had a light novel adaption but gimmie dat game. It looked really unique.
Well, Dark Cloud hasn't seen a new game since 2003. You can't blame them :P

Also, the IP is owned by Sony. So it's up to them to revive it.
 
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That Toukiden team statement is interesting, wonder what that new project will look like.
Hayashi's statement is the usual, KT's golden boy wants every franchise he touches to get bigger. Cool stuff for NIS too.
 

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Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima: “Development on Death Stranding is going well enough that SIE told us, ‘We have never before seen a game being created at such a fast pace.’ We are planning an announcement that will further surprise everyone in 2018.”
Real planning for DS's concept, design, etc... Probably started the moment Kojima knew he's leaving Konami.
 
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That Toukiden team statement is interesting, wonder what that new project will look like.
Hayashi's statement is the usual, KT's golden boy wants every franchise he touches to get bigger. Cool stuff for NIS too.
I was gonna suggest soulsborne clone since that seems to be the new hotness but then I remembered KT already did that.
Then again Bamco published Dark Souls and has got Code Vein in the works.
 
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Well by the time the Switch launched, they had enough time to make D5 a launch title. I would assume for a brand new title, a Switch/PS4 release parity would already be planned.
I'm thinking more from the perspective that they might want the double dippers they've had historically.
 
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Another one. Updating the OP.

Cygames

Tetsuya Fukuhara, who shared a few new details about the game. Some tidbits

-When playing single-player, the other three characters are controlled by AI. There is also four-person multiplayer.
-Since we developed the non-graphics parts side by side (with the graphics), I wonder if we will be able to see the goal in a little while.
-Since we cannot compromise on graphics, Cygames and CyDesignation staff are being stationed at Platinum Games.

They also talked to Famitsu so i will put this here too

-The team has reached a point where it can say it feels good about the basic actions.
-New information beyond this past weekend’s Granblue Fantasy Fes 2017 is still a little while ahead.-
-The graphics will improve even further.
-The goal is to make a game in which players can enjoy “situations” where the course changes from one to the next, as well as enjoy “multiplayer.”
 
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Cygames
Tetsuya Fukuhara, who shared a few new details about the game. Some tidbits

-When playing single-player, the other three characters are controlled by AI. There is also four-person multiplayer.
-Since we developed the non-graphics parts side by side (with the graphics), I wonder if we will be able to see the goal in a little while.
-Since we cannot compromise on graphics, Cygames and CyDesignation staff are being stationed at Platinum Games.

They also talked to Famitsu so i will put this here too

-The team has reached a point where it can say it feels good about the basic actions.
-New information beyond this past weekend’s Granblue Fantasy Fes 2017 is still a little while ahead.-
-The graphics will improve even further.
-The goal is to make a game in which players can enjoy “situations” where the course changes from one to the next, as well as enjoy “multiplayer.”
*Fukuhara lights a cigar with a $50 bill*

"What? Are you serious? These graphics are shit! Start again!"

*Opens the CyGames money vault and throws several gold bars into the dev team room*
 
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How the fudge can Coven be getting a sequel already and not a peep on localizing it? Come to think of it, NISA barely localize any of their parent companies own games these days. Western fans should take them to task on this...
 
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A sequel to Coven and the Labyrinth of Refrain is fantastic news. Easily the best game NIS has put out in years.

Also... Is the Level-5 title for PS4, if they talked about it in Dengeki Playstation? I dunno. I'm just surprised they have a 'big' title outside of NNK2.
I would love to see Level 5 bring back the Ushiro game for Switch. It had a light novel adaption but gimmie dat game. It looked really unique.
I would absolutely love Ushiro to be a thing, but didn't they say a bunch of ideas for it moved into Yo-Kai Watch?
How the fudge can Coven be getting a sequel already and not a peep on localizing it? Come to think of it, NISA barely localize any of their parent companies own games these days. Western fans should take them to task on this...
There's a PS4 version now, so they're probably working on it. Probably.
 
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Considering that by all accounts that Disgaea 5 wound up selling better on Switch than it did on PS4 worldwide, I don't think they could afford a double-dipper gamble.
Possibly.

A sequel to Coven and the Labyrinth of Refrain is fantastic news. Easily the best game NIS has put out in years.

Also... Is the Level-5 title for PS4, if they talked about it in Dengeki Playstation? I dunno. I'm just surprised they have a 'big' title outside of NNK2.

I would absolutely love Ushiro to be a thing, but didn't they say a bunch of ideas for it moved into Yo-Kai Watch?

There's a PS4 version now, so they're probably working on it. Probably.
Considering Megaton Musashi and Inazuma Eleven Ares it's a safe bet that everything Level 5 does in the future will be on PS4.